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200dulkar! What a Superplayer….!!


Twenty years down the line, if someone asked us who is the greatest player ever? we will be proud to say that, yes we saw Sachin Tendulkar rule the game!


Two-hundred runs in an inning in one-day international cricket, was just unthinkable until 24th Februay 2010 when a certain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar achieved what no other cricketer in the world had done before. The master blaster was, surely the only deserving player to break the record for highest score ever in an inning, as rightly said by a commentator during the historic knock against South Africa in Gwalior.

Success comes to those who are disciplined, focused, consistent and talented. Sachin, who is closing in on his 37th birthday, has displayed loads of these qualities throughout his 20-year international cricket career so far. And we all, cricket lovers (Sachin lovers!) are sure that the Mumbaikar has it in him to give us quality entertainment for at least two more years.

In his illustrious journey through world cricket, Sachin has broken records at will, but the Indian maestro attaches more importance to India's victories than his individual landmarks. The little champion has done Indians proud with his tremendous performances and has been referred by many as national treasure, Kohinoor!

Adulation has been the order of the day for the last 20 years for Sachin, but some downs here and there have also hurt him a bit. But then the sheer magnitude of his nobility has blown away his critics, who famously mocked at him for asking to waive off the tax on his Ferrari, ridiculed him for not financially supporting Shwas' Oscar campaign, claimed that he has nothing left in reserve and should retire, and recently attacked him on his Indianness (Anti-Sena rhetoric??).

I can remember the time Sachin broke on to the cricket scene in 1989, I was only 11 then, but I was a cricket buff to the core. The likes of K Srikanth, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar were almost inching towards the end of their careers, and a feeling of boredom was creeping into the Indian cricket. In came the tender-aged, curly-haired boy from Bombay.

Sachin had attracted lot of attention after his school days record partnership with Vinod Kambli, and then by making a century on his first-class debut aged 15. He was rated highly by the stalwarts of Mumbai cricket then. And saying that he did not disappoint at all, sounds childish! The boy grew into a man with broad shoulders and has since carried Indian hopes whenever he has stepped onto the field. For more than 10 years, he singlehandedly made the difference, and people of my generation have lapped up every immaculate straight drive, square cut, back-foot punch and flick shot through midwicket region, with same delight as we relish a juicy mango. And for last five years or so, he has been like a guide to the likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni, as such helping build up a formidable set of strokemakers.

To my mind, Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest ever cricketer. He has made batting look so simple. For a youngster who aims to play proper cricket, watching Sachin play is a great option if he does not have a coach. Just watch the little master with great concentration. Watch his stance, the way he gets into position for any shot. The way he places the ball for a single with soft hands, and the awesome balance when he plays shots like flick. His straight drives and cover drives are just mind-blowing. I have not seen a better straight drive than the one Sachin plays. I watch a lot of cricket from archives, and most of the time when the old-timers tried to play the ball straight past the bowler,  the bat came down in a more angular manner.

One of the most important areas in cricket is, running between the wickets. Sachin has displayed amazing fitness throughout his career and runs like a hare even at 36. His commitment to the game till date is supreme, as he never shies away from diving and throwing himself around on the park while fielding. That is Sachin for you. In addition to these great qualities, there are equally exemplary aspects to his off-the-field persona.

Most of the cricketers have strayed from the course due to their off-the-field indiscipline, and that's where the youngsters need role models like Sachin to keep themselves focused on the job. A national cricketer is an ambassador of that particular country. He is the one fellow countrymen look up to. How to conduct oneself in public, and not provide feed to the ever-lurking mediamen, who more often than not portray the negative dimension in the 24-hour frenzied TV channels in particular; is of utmost importance in today's era! It is not easy, but certainly not impossible! Sachin has showed the way, follow him.

Twenty years down the line, if someone asked us who is the greatest player ever? we will be proud to say that, yes we saw Sachin Tendulkar rule the game, like how the old Australians take great pride in boasting about the joy they got from watching Sir Don Bradman play!

Yes........itz true as you rightly said..................Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the Greatest player of Cricket and will remain forever.

Hatz off to HIM

Nilesh Shetgaonkar |

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Niraj Prabhu

Niraj Prabhu is in sports journalism for the last eight years. He has worked with London-based group of websites as the Chief Editor of their India Bureau for two years. He started his career with Navhind Times on the sports desk. Presently, he is the Sports Editor of Prudent, Goa's leading TV channel.


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